The Yezidi, or Yazidi, are members of a syncretistic religion that developed during the 12th century and mingles folk traditions with the beliefs and practices of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. According to Yezidi tradition, the world is under the care of 7 Holy Beings, or Angels. Preeminent among these is Melek Taus, or the Peacock Angel, leader of the archangels and a demiurge whose tears of repentance quenched the fires of hell. Why do some people believe the Yezidi are devil worshippers?
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The Tybee Bomb is a 7,600 pound (3,500 kg) hydrogen bomb with an explosive yield of between 1.9 and 3.6 megatons. During a simulated combat mission, the B-47 bomber carrying it collided in midair with an F-86 fighter plane and the bomb was jettisoned and lost. It is presumed to be somewhere in Wassaw Sound, off the shores of Tybee Island, near Savannah, Georgia, but recovery efforts have been unsuccessful. The bomb is just one of how many known missing weapons from the US nuclear arsenal?
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Giger is a Swiss painter who became popular for providing concept art for the movies Alien and Species and won an Oscar for the former in 1980. His work is surreal and nightmarish, and his most distinctive stylistic innovation is that of biomechanics, which depicts the connection between human forms and machines. Considered disturbing by some, his paintings occasionally feature Satanic imagery. For most of his career, Giger worked predominantly with what type of painting tool?